Relocating to Northern Virginia
I am excited to welcome you to my community! Relocation can be a challenge, but careful planning can make the difference between a difficult move and a smooth one. I have welcomed many relocating and military families to the area.
If you are relocating to Northern Virginia (whether it be renting or buying a home) I can provide you tremendous amount of information to help you get settled with the minimum amount of fuss and hassle in your property search.
I am a certified military relocation specialist!
Military families may live in surrounding counties including Falls Church, Alexandria, Arlington, Prince William and Stafford counties.
Below is a little about the areas:
I was born in Alexandria and grew up in Mt. Vernon Area, so I know this area like the back of my hand. I truly believe the Mt. Vernon area is the best keep secret of Northern Virginia!
Mount Vernon is a special place to live, offering many amenities to its residents. However, newcomers may not be aware of all our county has to offer. Take a look at the Newcomer’s Guide to see a comprehensive list of resources and opportunities.
Of course, getting around is important too, so check out Transportation as well. If you have questions regarding local businesses, the Mount Vernon – Lee Chamber of Commerce is a great resource as well as the Southeast Fairfax Development Corporation. Please visit the county’s demographics page for more details about the Mount Vernon District.
Historic Sites in the Mount Vernon included Home of our first president, George Washington and the Mount Vernon Estate and Gardens
,Woodlawn Plantation and the Pope-Leighey House,
, Pohick Church and
Gunston Hall Plantation
Mt .Vernon is a great community to be a part of: minutes to Ft. Belvoir, Old Town Alexandria and Our Nation’s Capitol. Fort. Belvoir is the home of the Department of Defense Army.
Old Town Alexandria
Old Town has been bustling with activity since it was founded by Scottish merchants in 1749. As many of the buildings are still colonial, with gas lamps and independent boutiques and gracefully restored historical homes, Old Town Alexandria is one of the most charming places in America.
Today, the colonial spirit is alive in the culinary creations created by renowned chefs attracted to Alexandria for the freedom of expression. Shopping addicts enjoy the charm of the boutiques of all types housed in historic buildings.
Jump off the King Street Metro stop and straight onto the free King Street Trolley, which will take you to all of the antique shops and contemporary art galleries that line the cobblestone streets of this neighborhood, once home to George Washington and Robert E. Lee.
Fairfax County offers its residents a broad range of historical and entertainment options, including the National Air and Space Museum’s Udvar-Hazy Center and George Washington’s Mount Vernon Estate.
Wolf Trap, the nation’s only national park for the performing arts, is in Fairfax County. Take a moment to Connect with ALL the wonderful communities of Fairfax County Virginia.
Fairfax County residents also take advantage of nearby cultural and recreational outlets. To the east there is the Chesapeake Bay, Atlantic Ocean beaches, and the monuments, museums and nightlife in Washington, D.C. To the west are the famed Blue Ridge Mountains. To the south are the Civil War battlefields surrounding Manassas, Fredericksburg and Richmond.
Fairfax County has a lot to offer—a dynamic business community, a range of housing options, an abundance of recreational opportunities and proximity to Washington, D.C., the mountains and the beaches.
Areas South of Northern Virginia
Prince William, Triangle, Stafford and Fredericksburg are south of Northern Virginia. They are mid–sized areas with home-town feelings. These areas are growing with new homes, schools, hospitals and transportation systems into the Metro area.
The book “Life in America’s Small Cities” by G. Scott Thomas ranks Fredericksburg third out of 219 small cities across the nation with the best quality of life. Here’s are some facts from them:
- It’s the best of both worlds. We enjoy accessibility to the center of power in the world, as well as one of the nation’s finest cultural resources—Washington, D.C.—yet we LIVE in a small town where the pace is more gentle and friendly.
- The city has invested in its businesses, its children, its seniors, its history and its culture.
- Fredericksburg has a proud history and the citizens respect that. Yet they’re equally focused on the future.
- There are beautiful street scapes. Fredericksburg has the nation’s largest historic district of homes dating back to the 18th Century.
- For a small town of only 25,000 people, there is an amazing array of arts and cultural venues.
- Our city’s University of Mary Washington is one of Virginia’s leading public institutions of higher education.
- We’re located only 50 miles south of the nation’s capital and 50 miles north of Richmond, the state capital.
- Our historic downtown has over 130 unique shops, galleries and chef-owned restaurants.
Neighborhoods across Prince William County have been named among the best places for home ownership in Virginia, according to “NerdWallet,” an online independent comparison site. Prince William County neighborhoods took six slots in the top 20 on the list of best places in the state to own a home. Four of those neighborhoods placed in top 10.
Stafford was named by CNN Money as top 20 places to live. Stafford County, proud site of George Washington’s boyhood home, is located in the Northern Virginia region on the Interstate 95 corridor positioned midway between Washington, DC, and Richmond, VA. The city of Fredericksburg is located just south of the county.
In the Commonwealth of Virginia, cities are independent from counties. Stafford County does not have any cities, but rather is home to many small towns and communities. Here are a few of our communities: Aquia, Brooke, Falmouth, Garrisonville, Hartwood, Rock Hill, White Oak, and Widewater. Much of the southern part of our county also retains a Fredericksburg mailing address.